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Letter Addressed to White House Headed to Third Round of Testing for Cyanide

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Did an envelope addressed to the White House contain cyanide?

It’s going to take a third round of testing after the initial biological testing came back negative but a follow-up test found a “presumptive positive” for the deadly poison, the Secret Service said.

The New York Times reports that the letter was found in an off-site facility where White House mail is screened. 

The Secret Service declined to further discuss the issue.

In early 2013, a Mississippi man sent a ricin-laced letter to President Obama, Sen. Roger Wicker and Mississippi judge Sadie Holland. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison, The Times wrote.

Boston Globe: FBI Should Re-Open City’s ‘Most Notorious Unsolved Mystery’

By The Boston Globe
Editorial Board

After Decades of frustration, the FBI ought to try opening its files on the Gardner Museum heist in hopes that fresh vision will help crack Boston’s most notorious unsolved mystery. The theft of 13 priceless works of art, including Rembrandt’s “Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” 25 years ago on March 18, left a gaping hole in the city’s cultural landscape. The FBI has worked hard to find them, and appeared to be close to a breakthrough two years ago. But as another anniversary passes, and witnesses who might have useful information get a year older, the bureau should enlist the public’s help in a more robust way.

In 2013, the bureau and the museum announced that they believed they knew who stole the paintings, and identified them as “members of a criminal organization with a base in the mid-Atlantic states and New England.” Apart from that, though, investigators didn’t make much specific information public. Instead, it created a dedicated FBI website and displayed billboards in the Philadelphia area, where the bureau thinks some of the art may have ended up. The publicitygenerated tips, but no art.

Typically, criminal investigators reveal as little information as possible before making an arrest, mostly to avoid tipping off targets, but partly to discourage irresponsible bystanders from trying to take matters into their own hands. There are enough fresh examples of the dangers of crowd-sourced criminal investigations — just think of the false accusations after the Marathon bombing — to reinforce that conventional wisdom.

But the Gardner heist is different. Getting the art back to its home on the Fenway is far more important than actually arresting anyone.

To read more click here. 

Here is a listing of the works stolen, according to the FBI:

Vermeer, The Concert
Rembrandt, A Lady and Gentleman in Black
Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Rembrandt, Self-Portrait
Govaert Flinck, Landscape with Obelisk
Manet, Chez Tortoni
Degas, La Sortie de Pesage
Degas, Cortege aux Environs de Florence
Degas, Program for an artistic soiree (1)
DegasProgram for an artistic soiree (2)
Degas, Three Mounted Jockeys
Chinese Beaker or Ku
Bronze Eagle Finial

 

 

 

 

 

Missouri Lt. Gov. Kinder: DOJ Is More Racist Than St. Louis, Ferguson

Peter Kinder

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder said the Justice Department is “obsessed with race” and has demonstrated more racism than “than anywhere I see in the St. Louis area,” The Huffington Post reports.

Kinder claims protests over the death of Michael Brown are “based on a lie” and have been exacerbated by a Justice Department report that concluded Ferguson has systematically discriminated against black residents.

The problem, Kinder said, was that the Justice Department is staffed with “hard-left radical leftist lawyers.”

“There is more racism in the Justice Department than anywhere I see in the St. Louis area,” he said. “We’ve come an enormous way in 50 years, that’s not to say that we don’t have still more to do. It is the left, it is the Eric Holder and the Obama left and their minions that are obsessed with race while the rest of us are moving on beyond it.”

Border Patrol Tries New Approach, Trading Gun And Cuffs for Coat and Tie

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Mexican immigrants think of the Border Patrol, they often think of agents in green uniform with a gun, handcuffs and a baton.

Intimidating figures.

Now the agency is taking a more humanitarian approach and is urging immigrants to dissuade others from crossing the border because it is more dangerous and difficult than before, Arizona Public Media Media reports.

Agents recently met with about 200 Mexican citizens at the Mexican consulate in Phoenix, wearing a coat and tie and speaking in Spanish.

“Normally, we would probably be wearing rough duty green pants, rough duty long-sleeve shirt and then of course the full gun belt with the gun and cuffs and collapsible baton,” Agent George Trevińo said at the meeting.

Secret Service Director to Face Tough Questions Today Following More Problems

Joe Clancy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Not many people want to be in Joe Clancy’s shoes.

The longtime agent that President Obama recently appointed to lead the beleaguered Secret Service will face tough questions from lawmakers today over the latest embarrassment to hit the agency.

Clancy is scheduled to appear before the House Appropriations Committee for a hearing on the budget, but he’s likely to be grilled over the agency’s failure to stop avoidable security lapses and alcohol consumption among agents, CNN reports.

The former director, Julia Pierson, lost her job allowing a fence-jumping at the White House.

Recently, two top-ranking Secret Service officials are accused of being drunk and causing a disruption at a White House command post and an investigation of a potential explosive device.

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Ronald Kessler: Reform the Secret Service

Ronald Kessler is a former Washington Post reporter and the author of “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents.”

secret service photo

By Ronald Kessler
Washington Post

When Michaele and Tareq Salahi crashed a White House state dinner five years ago, President Obama said he “could not have more confidence” in the Secret Service.

When the Secret Service sent home 11 agents from Cartagena, Colombia, for hiring prostitutes, the White House said Obama had “full confidence” in the Secret Service.

When an armed intruder penetrated the White House itself in September, a spokesman again said Obama had “full confidence” in the Secret Service.

Even now, after two senior Secret Service managers suspected of having been drinking drove their vehicle, overhead lights flashing, through security tape at the White House and hit a temporary barricade, the White House said Obama has “full confidence” in his newly appointed director, Joseph P. Clancy.

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Dallas Mavericks Richard Jefferson Seeks Help from FBI Following $2M Theft

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is reportedly investigating the theft of money from Dallas Mavericks forward Richard Jefferson.

The New York Post reports that Jefferson accused his former business manager of stealing $2 million from his bank credit line.

Jefferson recorded a covert call to Ted Kritza in which he confessed.

Jefferson reported the case to the FBI.

 

Retired FBI Agent: Sheriff’s Office Intentionally Sabotaged Crime Scenes

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent investigating the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office in California alleges local law enforcement intentionally sabotaged crime scenes in an effort to conceal the destruction of missing persons files, The Mercury News reports. 

Jeff Rinek, who was asked to help the bureau with the notorious “Speed Freak Killers” case, said the Sheriff’s Office even used a backhoe in 2012 to commingle bones in an effort to make the remains unidentifiable.

“(The Sheriff’s Office) actions at the Linden well were intentional to catastrophically destroy the crime scene,” Rinek said. “In my opinion, it’s nothing short of a felony. … This is the most heinous thing I’ve ever seen.”

Rinek’s allegations add to a growing number of people in law enforcement who have complained that San Joaquin County Sheriff Steve Moore jeopardized the investigations of the serial killers.